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    September 13, 2010
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couple said yanz drove and stopped in front of these destroyed homes. police officers got out and stood by inside of the cars, there were residents, presumably homeowners or residents of the homes in particular not allowed to get out of their cars and stayed for just a moment. they drove away, i can see the look of horror and disbelief on their faces. this same process this afternoon with three bus loads of residents. the city taking them on a tour for what would be the first up close and in person look at homes or what remains of them. those would be 49 homes that are red tagged meaning that the homes are not being save to center at all, much less occupy if there is anything left of them at all. and so this city is taking residents on a tour, not letting them get out of the buses.
until the site is deemed safe and until national transportation safety board has everything it needs for the investigation. four days later and people who were -- saying... >> everything just started shaking. >> sill was just sitting down to winner with his wife and children when the pipeline exploded. >> all of a sudden everything started to vibrate. i thought it was an earthquake. i said come on we're going to try to get to the door joom. it kept getting worse and worse. i felt heat coming through so i said let's go to the garage. >> from there, he saw fire raining down into his backyard. >> at this point my wife hits the garage door and people are running down the street. we can see flames from that way. on both sides. i'm not sure what is coming from where. i just yemed get the kids in the car, get in the car. >> the family made it out. the house has minor damage. it's green tagged meaning he can come back when he wants.
but is he in no rush. >> if people say it's all clean, go back inside. i don't know if we want to live here he doesn't want his kids to live in a field of chimneys. bob pelagrini's house is gone. today he and other residents went to' closed meeting to find out about getting back in. and he'll only ab tloud look at his property from inside of a bus. >> i can understand it. i don't like it bill's wife is eight months pregnant. for now they're in a hot yes. he says he's grateful for meetings but needs more. >> we don't want to be at meegts and don't want group hugs anymore. we want something substantial. we need a house. >> the bus tour we showed you video of the buses touring this area at the top there. and some of those buses passed
by us here on claremont leaving the area, we can see people inside were crying and some were taking pictures of the area. this is just heart breaking to get in here whatever they've seen may be on tv. saying this is... >> sorry about that. heather is having twrubl her signal reporting live from the fire zone. you can imagine how frustrating it is to see from the bus but not being able to see for themselves. and frustration is mounting from people in the neighborhood. many claimed they smelled gas and saw pg&e crews in the area days before this deadly blast. and investigators crated up a section of the pipe and put it on a flat bed truck for a trip to washington, d.c.. investigators will look for flaws or clues into why this blew up suddenly. we're live near the blast site tonight.
cecilia? >> pg&e said the pipe was more than 50 years old and had been inspected twice within the past year. with you the president of pg&e said there is no amount of money that can cover the loss of now. there is a loss behind me. you can see how devastating and how wide spread that schl the company is going start by handing out a big check and gave kblinl to the city that, is part of a $100 million donation for the city and residents. the company is emphasizing there will be no strings attached. >> we have to take pg&e and send them over, and oo residents toured their homes for the first time, anger against pg&e is mounting. many say they smell aid gas lining odor in days before the blast. >> and i didn't think of it until someone mentioned the gas smell but it was a smell at that point where the houses ignited. >> pg&e maintains there are no
reports of any gas leak reports from residents. >> and we've not found anything in our records indicating people called for that area. >> he didn't call because he said he felt like he didn't need to. he saw a worker using a wand to check for a leak two days where the last. >> i saw a guy from pg&e. i got up that morning he was checking somethinging on the floor with something. >> pg&e says there is no record of crews in the area. >> and all we're saying is that we zront a record of that. >> the officials say they'll hand all call logs over to ntsb for a review. what caused this pipe to explode and shoot into the air? pg&e isn't saying. officials sate was inspected march.
>> when looking at it we did not anticipate issue was it at this point. >> the company announce aid $100 million donation to the city of san bruno and residents, residents say none of this was their fault. >> these were neighbors. the woman down the block is dead. it's not fair. >> and residents who lost their homes like that gentleman and his family will be soon receiving checks from pg&e depending on how much damage they've suffered between 15,000s skpdz $50,000. pg&e emphasized residents will not be asked to sign waivers in order to collect this money. >> and there is a look at video recorded just seconds after the blast. gas station surveillance shows a man stopped to fill up his tank when a huge fireball, you can see it there on the left rises up across the street.
he didn't waste time there n that video a woman can be seen running away from the flames and holding a baby that. is in the for front there. next video is taken inside of a lunardi's grocery store, you can see that chaos ask tapes recorded in moments following explosions. >> there is several blocks on fire at this time. >> tonight at 6:00 confusion, misinformation and fire crews had to deal with after arriving on the scene. >> you'll want to see that at 6:00. the san francisco school held a prayer service this morning for two of the victims of the disaster. a 13-year-old and her mother, both died inside of their home on claremont drive. the gas line explode sod
suddenly thursday evening. she was student body president at catholic grammar school in the sunset district. she wrote for the school newspaper. today, classmates and administrators gathered to remember her and her mother. >> it's a time to remember her gifts and talents. to remember her mother who was a beautiful person. and we know they're in god's loving embrace. yet, our hearts are broken. >> and 20-year-old jessica morales died friday morning. her boyfriend is in critical condition, badly burned trying to rescue her. the fire also claimed the life of an 81-year-old elizabeth torres and injured three members of her family. >> san bruno officials say two of the six people previously missing reported missing in the san bruno explosion have been located, leaving four people unaccounted for
including four members of one family. relatives worry the three died in the fire. officials have not identified fourth missing person. >> and there is many fire victims in shock, they're trying to keep it together. >> yes. and the long process to rebuild is difficult as you can imagine. mig yil finney with a look at what those people can expect. >> this is exactly why we have homeowners insurance. and dealing with the loss isn't like one of those tv commercials you can see. there is a lot to watch out for. first, fire victims must deal with emotional loss. then, with the realities of rebuilding. things are bad, but for many homeowner there's is a glimmer of hope. >> one of the few bright spots is that they're not alone. and... that the spotlight is shining on this situation for a month. >> consumer activist says that
is putting everyone, including politicians on their best behaviors. still with, this kind of cash, it's best to remember this is business not friendship. >> insurance is big business fchl you think your company is just going to come along and write you a giant check for every dime you're entitled too, you're naive. for those who suffered no or small damage to homes, but were forced to evacuate, there could be money coming to them, too. insurance information network says insurance company by law must reimburse clients if there is a forced evacuation. of course, deductibles must be met. and there is links and you can go to abc 7 and click on 7 on your side. problem is for folk that's there is so much information coming at them. best thing to do don't sign your rights away. >> and you're distraught oo.
yeah exactly. >> thank you very much. >> and there was a very touching moment in the middle of all of this tragedy this afternoon. a 7-year-old boy showed up at the disaster center holding a box full of money. look at that. $400 inside, mostly ones. little joshua adrummer made the money over the weekend by playing at fisherman's wharf. >> when my dad told me that on friday, i saw, when i thought about it, i wanted all of the people to have some help and money so they can have their homes back. >> what a sweetheart. joshua has a very big heart and says he plays drums to raise money for victims of the devastating flooding in the philippines last year. >> what a beautiful thing for that kid to do. wonderful. still to come tonight likely cause of that massive wildfire in colorado dry zroiing at least 166 homes. >> what the family of oakland
sarah shourd is saying about iran's $500,000 bail demand. >> i'm sandhya patel. a mini mid week warm up is coming up. followed by possibility of followed by possibility of rain later on this week. barbara boxer. she fought to get our veterans the first full combat care center in california. her after school law's keeping a million kids off the street and out of gangs. and she's fighting every day to create new jobs. boxer: i'm working to make california the leader
in clean energy, to jump-start our small businesses with tax credits and loans, to create thousands more california jobs. i'm barbara boxer and i approve this message because i want to see the words "made in america" again. >> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. authorities in colorado say the wildfire that destroyed at least 166 homes was likely sparked by a fire pit. the sheriff's kept says i homeowner made a fire in the pit days before the wildfire broke out. he doused it and stirred ashes to put it out. investigators believe gusty winds reignited those embers and blue blu home them out of the fire pit. authorities have not yet decided whether the owner will
face criminal charges. >> the family of a jailed uc berkeley graduate is pleading iran's government to free her without having to post half a million in bail insisting they cannot afford that much money. iranian authorities captured the three 14 months ago accusing them of illegally crossing into iran from iraq in order to spy. if shourd is released iran may insist she return to face a trial. >> i'm sure it will weigh heavily on her, nobody wants to think two peoples lives depend on them returning to a country. >> the iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad agreed to release shourd but his country's judiciary denied her freedom. the swiss embassy represented the u.s. in this matter. >> and back here there is some encouraging news for students in california despite the
continuing budge yut cuts to education. the newest statewide test scores showed students made gains for eight years in a row. and. >> just feel very proud of yourself. very proud. because you did it. >> for years, this academy in oakland struggled to increase test scores. this year, they nearly made it to 800 point park. and that is a bench mark in order to be considered a high quality school. it hasn't been easy. 85% of the students here are english learner autos just working with the school. we had a focus, you know? we reviewed our data everyone participated. >> extra help taken for those who needed it. >> you can't see it and you can't touch it. >> what when california began tracking schools in twun, only
20% of them were at or above 800 mark. this year, 46% reached it. and this is clear they're doing better than high schools. only 25% hit a bargit. destroy flint says there is emphasis on younger kids. >> now, those kids are entering middle school. we're seeing gains at middle school level. hopeful we'll see gains in high school when this generation reach that's stage of the educational career autos other schools are doing a number of things to try to improve scores, here in oakland two middle schools have decided to extend their school day. united for success academy is one of them. thanks to a three-year grant the school work was citizen school, a nonprofit running and extended academic program. >> and supplement what is going on during a school day so knowing standards and what the students are working on in
class. reinforcing that learning. >> and they make sure anyone is left behind. >> in oakland abc 7 news. >> and so there is a positive trend fuchl want to see results of your child's school we have them on our web site go to abc 7 >> and sandhya patel looking outside. and fog cleared up. and there is some today, and just a little bit. nothing major. and and let's get outside talking about that possibility in just a moment. there is a view from our emeryville cam -- cram there. you can see just a patch of low clouds still hanging around. mainly around the marin county coast. there is one other live
picture now there is a view from our camera. sunny skies there. and there is clouds so late to clear in the day that there is temperatures didn't warm up today. and things aren't going to change. there is current readings, san francisco, 59 degrees. and there is antioch, livermore mid to upper 70s, today running cooler than usual this time of the year. low clouds returned overnight. and there is a slight possibility. clouds hung around. low clouds, high clouds, clearing with sunshine across the bay area. and there is deepening marine layer but this show started to move in and behind that low we're going to see a brief warm up.
going to be a mini warm up. then, there is another area of low pressure, this one is stronger and we're watching this carefully. one of the computer models is bringing in a slight possibility of rain friday, perhaps lingering into early saturday. and this is a slight chance, we'll keep our eyes on this system as it may produce rain here, numbers tonight cool in places like santa rosea, napa. upper 0s cloverdale. clouds filling in with low 50s and some of the clouds making it over the bay as well. temperatures into 50s else wr. highs for tuesday into the south bay, mid-70s for san jose and cupper tino. sunshine by afternoon. upper 6s for redwood city. 57 on the coast in pacifica. clouds will hang on near the coast. there is downtown san francisco, 62, north bay going with mid-70s for napa and
novato. head inland and it's a mild afternoon a couple degrees warmer. 78 in concord, 79 in livermore. monterey bay, 66 degrees in jant cruz. here is the accu-weather forecast. low to mid-80s inland. coastal areas upper 50s to low 60s. by friday there is a slight chance of rain lingering into early part of saturday, then, temperatures start to fluctuate heading into sunday and monday. and rain? possibility oo. good looking week. >> absolutely. >> thank you. >> and just ahead, unlikely group of officials coming out in support of proposition 19 to legalize marry marijuana in california. >> and at 6:00... >> if you speak up, they try to set you up. to set you up.  a man who blew the liiiiiii
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barbara boxer. she fought to get our veterans the first full combat care center in california. her after school law's keeping a million kids off the street and out of gangs. and she's fighting every day to create new jobs. boxer: i'm working to make california the leader in clean energy, to jump-start our small businesses with tax credits and loans, to create thousands more california jobs. i'm barbara boxer and i approve this message because i want to see the words "made in america" again. our coverage of the san
bruno fire continues in half an hour. at 6:00 what are the chances of this happening your neighborhood? we're going to identify two bay area pipelines that are most at risk. >> we have possibly several blocks on fire. >> dan noyes reports on chaos at ground zero. and a faulty information that founded first responders. >> and hope you can join us then. oprah giving away trips to australia. to every member of her 300 member audience. and celebrity guests included john travolta and don johnson. >> and paul simon performed a song, and oprah has turned out to be a powerful media mogul in the world worth $2.4 billion. that isy